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Bangladesh outplayed Pakistan
by 79 runs in the first one-day
international in Dhaka overnight,
in only its second win over its
rival in 48 games across all three
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur
Rahim had impressive centuries
as the hosts piled up 329 for
six after winning the toss at the
Sher-e -Bangla stadium.
Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and
spinner Arafat Sunny claimed
three wickets each as Pakistan
was shot out for 250 runs in 45.2
overs to give Bangladesh the lead
in the three-match series.
The only other time Bangladesh
has beaten Pakistan was during a
group match in the 1999 World
Cup in England, but the fired-
up Tigers dominated yesterday ’s
day-night game from start to
Left-handed opener Tamim
hit 132 off 135 balls and Rahim
smashed a 77-ball 106 to steer
Bangladesh past their previous
best total of 326 for six against
the same rival in 2014.
The pair added 178 runs for the
third wicket — their country’s
highest partnership for any
wicket — improving upon the
175 by Habibul Bashar and Rajin
Saleh against Kenya in 2006.
“It was a real professional
performance by the team,”
skipper Shakib Al Hasan said. He
led Bangladesh in the absence of
Mashrafe Mortaza, who ser ved
a one-match ban for slow over-
rates during the World Cup.
“It was a good pitch to bat on
and Tamim and Mushfiq batted
really well. After that we just
wanted to contain their batsmen
and I think our bowling unit rose
to the occasion.”
Tamim and Rahim ruined off-
spinner Saeed Ajmal’s comeback
to international cricket after an
absence of eight months due to
an illegal bowling action.
Ajmal conceded 74 runs in
10 wicketless overs with his
remodelled action to finish
with his worst one-day bowling
Bangladesh scored only seven
runs in Ajmal’s first four overs,
before Tamim and Rahim lashed
out at the spin spearhead.
Tamim hit 15 boundaries and
three sixes in his fifth one-day
century and Rahim smashed 13
fours and two sixes after being
dropped by Junaid Khan when
he was on 35.
The match marked the start of
a new era for Pakistan cricket
following the one-day retirement
of skipper Misbah-ul Haq and
senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi
after the World Cup.
The current team comprised
just four players who took part in
the World Cup, giving new one-
day captain Azhar Ali a relatively
inexperienced bunch of tourists.
Azhar led Pakistan’s batting
charge with 72 off 73 runs after
first two wickets had fallen for 59
Azhar shared a third-wicket
stand of 89 runs with Haris
Sohail to give Pakistan a glimmer
of hope, before Taskin removed
Taskin finished with three for
42 and left-arm spinner Sunny
took three for 47 runs.
Azhar promised a better outing
in the next match.
“ We made some mistakes in the
field and dropped catches at the
wrong time, but the credit goes
to the Bangladesh batsmen,” he
said. “ I think we conceded 30
to 40 runs more than we should
“ But there were some positives
for us too. I thought Rizwan
batted soundly in his first match.
We will rectify our mistakes and
come back strongly in the next
The second and third one-
dayers will also be held at the
same venue on April 19 and 22.
by 79 runs
PICTURE: Getty Images
Broncos’ Daniel Vidot drops the ball as Dale Copley (Broncos) and Eto Nabuli (Dragons) contest for possession.
Dragons hold off Broncos
The resurgence of St George Illawarra
under the coaching of Paul McGregor
has continued with the Dragons seeing
off table-topping Brisbane 12-10 at
Kogarah Oval last night.
Touted as wooden spoon contenders
after opening the season with back-to-
back losses, McGregor’s side, possessing
the best defence in the NRL, held off a
furious late flurry of attacking raids from
The Broncos were reduced to 12 men
after skipper Justin Hodges was forced
out with a recurrence of his hamstring
injury before halftime.
Alex Glenn then sustained a serious
facial injury midway through the second
period but despite trailing 6-4 at the
break, the Broncos took the lead through
Sam Thaiday ’s converted try in the 55th
The Dragons clinched the win when
English front-rower Mike Cooper
powered over and his fellow countryman
Gareth Widdop added the decisive extra
Daniel Vidot opened the scoring in
the 17th minute following a strong spell
from Brisbane, but they let the Dragons
immediately back into the game when a
huge hit from Will Matthews dislodged
the ball from Thaiday.
Widdop looked set to score only to
be impeded by Hodges as he chased his
grubber kick, but winger Eto Nabuli was
alert enough to take advantage of Vidot ’s
dithering to get his hand to the ball.
The Broncos, inspired by the
outstanding Andrew McCullough,
had the chance to win the game when
Leeson Ah Mau turned the ball over
deep in his own half.
However, when the pressure was on
to win the game, Ben Hunt could not
repeat his exploits against the Sydney
Roosters last week and failed to get the
ball down in the left corner with the line
at his mercy.
Both McGregor and Broncos coach
Wayne Bennett admitted the game was
not one for the purists but the Dragons’
mentor said he was proud of the way his
“Considering we didn’t really touch the
ball in their half for the first 15 minutes
of the second half, it showed some real
character,” McGregor said.
“Benji (Marshall) got a poke in the
eye and had split vision after about 20
minutes and couldn’t see.
“ We had a lot of possession on us
from them but we managed to stay firm
and really, from our first possession, we
scored the try from Mike Cooper.
“But we come up with a lot of errors
but we can learn from tonight and I am
happy with the way we turned up for one
Despite his side’s strong start to the
season, Bennett said the Broncos were
a long way from being a premiership-
winning side and that showed in their
performance on occasions.
“I thought both teams were a bit flat
it wasn’t entertainment personified,”
“Both teams gave their best but we fell
two points short. We both came off big
games from last week.”
Hodges said he felt a twinge in his
hamstring and, although the injury was
not serious, he felt it would worsen if he
continued to play on.
“It got a bit sore and, with past history,
had I continued to push it, it would have
went,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of pulling up and
trying again for next week.”
Bennett also revealed Glenn has a
fractured eye socket and a broken nose
after being caught by the arm of Dylan
Farrell, who was placed on report.
Under-siege New South Wales
playmaker Josh Reynolds and utility
Moses Mbye piloted Canterbury to a
vital 28-16 NRL win over Manly last
night at ANZ Stadium.
Reynolds and his Bulldogs and Blues
halves partner Trent Hodkinson have
come under heavy criticism for their
form this season, with State of Origin
I just six weeks away.
But Reynolds laid on three tries
in the round-seven clash to snap
a two-game losing streak for the
injury and suspension-hit Dogs, with
Hodkinson playing an improved
The pair combined brilliantly for
a 57th-minute Curtis Rona try that
wrested control of the match back to
the Bulldogs, after Manly had forged
its way to the lead for the first time
courtesy of a Peta Hiku four-pointer
in the 48th minute.
Rona also starred for the home side
with a double, taking his tally to eight
tries in seven games.
Mbye recorded a a try, a try assist
and a line break, and was threatening
in attack throughout.
Reynolds was on song right from
After Willie Mason spilled the
pill on the first tackle of the game,
Reynolds swung a lovely long ball
from the scrum restart for Rona to
open the scoring after just 61 seconds.
When Chase Stanley dummied his
way over in the seventh minute and
Hodkinson converted for a 10-0 lead,
it looked like a long night for the
embattled Sea Eagles but, to their
credit, they fought back strongly.
With Daly Cherry-Evans leading
the way for the visitors despite
struggling with a knee injury, Manly
found themselves just two points
down at the break.
Cherry-Evans collected his own
grubber kick after it rebounded
off Reynolds to score in the 28th
minute and a 40th-minute Jamie
Lyon penalty bridged the gap to two
points just before the break in front
of 13,568 fans.
When Hiku threaded past Stanley,
Manly’s first win in six weeks looked
The Dogs responded strongly
through Frank Pritchard four minutes
later after a Mbye break, before Rona
scored his second in the 57th minute.
When Mbye crossed at the end of a
95m play, the game was all but over.
Corey Thompson’s 78th-minute try
blew the score out further.
Manly’s cause was not helped by
the pre-game loss of Kieran Foran
(hamstring), while Josh Morris
(ankle) was a late out for the Dogs.
Dogs coach Des Hasler praised his
players for the character they showed.
“It was a very important win,” he
“ It says a lot about the culture of the
club. It is the sort of win that is very
important later in the year.”
Hasler made special mention of
Mbye’s contribution so far this year.
“ With the injuries we have had,
he has been critical in the first seven
rounds,” he said. “He is good under
pressure; he can play a lot of positions.
“ He is a special player.”
Hodkinson had enjoyed improved
Manly coach Geoff Toovey rued his
side’s awful start.
“ I don’t want to sugarcoat it — it
was a terrible start,” he said.
“ It was quite traumatic up in the
coach’s box, as you can imagine.
“We did do well to fight our way
back into the game but it just wasn’t
Jamie Lyon could join Manly’s
extended injury list after suffering a
high ankle sprain late in the contest.”
PICTURE: Getty Images
Aiden Tolman of the Bulldogs is tackled in the match against the Manly
Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Reynolds, Mbye star as Dogs maul Manly
at Frizell ban
St George Illawarra coach Paul
McGregor has questioned the decision
of the NRL judiciary to uphold Tyson
Frizell’s grade five careless high tackle on
Frizell will be sidelined for two
matches after his efforts to reduce the
penalty to a single game was thrown
out by the three-man panel after he
caught Canterbury prop Tim Browne
across the jaw and knocking him out
“It didn’t work out for us, but if you
look at Frizell he has had 1300-plus
tackles in his career with three penalties
against him,” McGregor said.
“It’s just not his game. I think it was
an ugly accident but never a grade five
offence. ” — AAP
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